Wrexham based arts organisation THIS Project will soon be launching Galeri 3B, a brand new ‘pop-up’ gallery in the former Laura Ashley shop on Priory Street in Wrexham town centre. On Saturday, March 1st 3B will open with an exhibition of work by three artists; Annabelle Shelton, Sally Annett and Amy Sterly.
After the success of Undegun, which opened at the end of July last year in the former JJB Sports on Regent Street, THIS Project will take the next step and expand their creative to the new space. Over 100 artists have exhibited work at Undegun over 11 exhibitions with 34 diverse events taking place alongside during the last seven months. The creative space accommodates studios for artists to work and has been used by various groups and individuals from creative communities all over Wales and the demand for its services are thriving. When asking Dave Gray, partner of THIS Project about why they are expanding he commented;
“With the growing number of activities, events and exhibitions that Undegun runs, it seems a natural step to expand with the creative pop-up space, so after New River the owners of the former Laura Ashley shop offered the space to THIS Project, it seemed a great opportunity to expand on the work we have done at Undegun. Currently we have an array of exciting plans in the pipeline for 3B and it will insure more creative activities and community events in the near future.”
The veteran striker is the third manager to call it quits at the Racecourse in the Reds’ ongoing push to return to the Football League. Despite play-off pushes of recent years, disappointing results have all but killed off their hopes for this campaign. Assistant manager Billy Barr has taken caretaker charge ahead of tomorrow night’s trip to LutonTown.
Morrell, who returned to Wrexham in 2010 after stints with Coventry City, Blackpool and Bury, moved into his first management role on 23 September 2011, when Dean Saunders quit to take charge of Doncaster Rovers. He was made permanent boss a month later, having taken charge of seven wins from nine games.
Some will argue the highpoint of Morrell’s reign with the Reds was the FA Trophy victory just under a year ago as over 20,000 fans followed his team to Wembley, where they beat Grimsby Town on penalties. FA Cup success has not been so forthcoming, although they did earn a third round home replay with Brighton in 2012.
Under Morrell, the club reached the play-offs in back-to-back seasons - both times, their bid ended in heartache. Luton Town beat Wrexham on aggregate in the 2011-12 semi finals, despite a gutsy 2-1 win in the return leg on a wet Bank Holiday Monday. A year later saw them return to Wembley after their Trophy triumph – but wasted opportunities cost
them dearly as Newport County saw off their Welsh rivals and returned to League Two at Wrexham’s expense.
This season has seen a marked change in their league fortunes – with the club struggling to establish themselves as promotion contenders. Fluctating results, ill discipline on the pitch, injury worries and questions over Morrell himself have contributed to a poor season to date. At the times, a look at the table has seen Wrexham perilously close to a relegation dogfight, though that seems to have been avoided. For many, the last straw was Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Barnet which left the Reds ten points off the play off spots and with fourteen games of the season to go.
The national showcase for music from Wales will also offer a two day programme of keynotes and discussions, and two days of stand-up comedy in Wrexham, North Wales from the 23rd - 26th April.
New acts announced include POET; MOVIE STAR; ROCK STAR; TV & RADIO PRESENTER; COMEDIAN; SOCIAL AND CULTURAL COMMENTATOR. Britain’s best loved and most important punk performance poet: JOHN COOPER CLARKE.
Alongside comedians GARY DELANEY (Mock The Week / Radio 4) and RED DWARF’S NORMAN LOVETT.
Also announced: ALL WE ARE: an exciting 3 piece from Liverpool providing psychedelic soul & RnB. They recently signed to Domino affiliate Double 6 and are supporting Warpaint on tour in 2014. KEYS: They’ve had a string of critically acclaimed releases, garnering praise and support from Radio 1, 2 and 6Music’s Huw Stephens, Russell Kane, Jonathan Ross, Mark Lamarr, and Lauren Laverne. KIZZY CRAWFORD: You may recognise her as the singer of Calon Lan from BBC 6 Nations adverts, Kizzy has developed an increasing sophistication to her song writing and performance, this is complimented by her soaring voice that boasts both range and charisma.
Following the much praised 2013 event, FOCUS Wales Music Festival & Conference returns to North Wales in April 2014.
FOCUS Wales will once again take over the town centre of Wrexham for four days, showcasing over 150 bands from Wales and around the globe, and presenting a series of high profile and educational music industry seminars & events, hosted across various venues within the town.
Building on the success of the 2013 event, FOCUS 2014 acts and guest speakers announced so far include Radio 1 DJ HUW STEPHENS, POLTERGEIST (fest WILL SERGEANT of ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN, ALAN McGEE (FOUNDER OF CREATION RECORDS – OASIS, LIBERTINES, PRIMAL SCREAM) alongside a host of the best new Welsh talent – including Welsh Music Prize Winner GEORGIA RUTH, EUROS CHILDS,
Other international acts announced include Austrian ‘Effie’, and a special focus on music from Canada; represented in five showcase slots by Mise En Scene, Darren Eedens and The Abramson Singers.
FOCUS Wales 2014 takes place on the 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th April across various venues in Wrexham, North Wales.
Full 4 day wristbands for admission to all FOCUS events are available now at price www.focuswales.com/tickets from a special earlybird price of £25 each.
FOCUS Wales is supported by Arts Council of Wales and Welsh Government